On this page: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/new/haskell?show=all&sort=newest, control+clicking the new, popular and need answers tabs opens the pages in the same tab instead of in a new tab. In the past this problem did not exist.

  • In Chrome, right click does work. – Patrick Hofman Jul 28 '15 at 11:47
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    This is due to new navigation, you can opt out while it is still in beta. (hence naturally got lots of bugs) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 28 '15 at 11:47
  • @PatrickHofman when you say "right click does work" you mean to say "right click and open in a new tab"? is that correct? – HackerKarma Jul 28 '15 at 12:57
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    @HackerKarma indeed. – Patrick Hofman Jul 28 '15 at 12:57
  • @ShadowWizard what OS are you on? – HackerKarma Jul 28 '15 at 12:58
  • @HackerKarma not releavt, I am on the old nav so getting Page Not Found for the link. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 28 '15 at 13:02
  • @ShadowWizard ohh... I thought you with such high-reps probably joined this experiment... – HackerKarma Jul 28 '15 at 13:05
  • @ShadowWizard I didn't know you could opt out of this abomination! Awesome, thanks! – rightfold Jul 28 '15 at 13:09
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    @HackerKarma I did and soon left due to too many critical bugs which caused it to become a pain to use the site. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 28 '15 at 13:25
  • @rightfold lol cheers! – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 28 '15 at 13:26
  • @ShadowWizard and all -- "user-interface" tag is added because this falls under "navigational tabs"-- Refer: usability.gov/what-and-why/user-interface-design.html – HackerKarma Jul 28 '15 at 18:09
  • @HackerKarma sorry, not sure what you mean by that – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 28 '15 at 18:45
  • @ShadowWizard "clicking on navigation tabs/tags" is also a part of UI. I added the flag "user-interface" to this post. – HackerKarma Jul 28 '15 at 18:48
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    @Hack oh sorry, approved now – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 28 '15 at 18:51
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    My middle click button is broken. :v – rightfold Jul 28 '15 at 19:33

I believe this has something to do with the way current Stack Overflow's on-page on-click activity is handled under the new-nav. As pointed out by ShadowWizard in the comment:

This is due to new navigation, you can opt out while it is still in beta. (hence naturally got lots of bugs)

Yes, this behavior is due to the recent changes (this problem did not exist when I was on the old nav) made in the new-nav where the AJAX (as per Patrick Hofman's comment below) call handles on-click (ctrl-click or cmd-click in case of Mac) on the tab links to open in.

Unfortunately, I am on Mac OS so here is what I did. I installed a "Command-Click Fix" Chrome extension. This extension makes Command-Click open a new tab on pages that don't do it properly. Make sure to reload/refresh the webpage after installing the extension. Now, using cmd+click on the tab links works perfectly i.e. opens the link in a new browser tab.


The above test was performed in the Chrome Version 43.0.2357.134 (64-bit). I can reproduce this on the other two browsers i.e. Firefox (Version 39.0) and Safari (Version 8.0.7 (10600.7.12))

I am using MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013; OS X Yosemite Version 10.10.2).

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  • @PatrickHofman Thanks. I changed it to AJAX call. – HackerKarma Jul 28 '15 at 13:03
  • In any case, wheel-click should do perfectly, even on the new nav. – Mordechai Jul 28 '15 at 19:29
  • @MouseEvent I did't notice but ur username "mouse event" is relevant... :) yes, if I do mouse right-click and open tab or any other wheel-click alike working fine.... BUT it's the "keyboard key + mouse click combo" has the issue and that what OP is asking here. – HackerKarma Jul 28 '15 at 19:37

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